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Use of four types of litter for rearing broilers

Author:
Anisuzzaman, M., Chowdhury, S.D.
Source:
British poultry science 1996 v.37 no.3 pp. 541-545
ISSN:
0007-1668
Subject:
water content, broiler chickens, chicks, sawdust, rice hulls, sand, rice straw, feed intake, liveweight gain, feed conversion, mortality, production costs, plumage, litter (bedding), animal performance, Bangladesh
Abstract:
One hundred and forty four Shaver broiler chicks (Starbro 15) were reared from 4 d to 56 d of age on 4 types of litter: sawdust, paddy straw, sand and rice husk each spread to a depth of 75 mm. Birds reared on rice husk litter showed the greatest food consumption, greatest weight gain, best food conversion efficiency and scored highest in production number. Survivability was also highest with rice husk group (94.4%) but differences in this variable were not thought to be attributable to types of litter. Breast blisters were found only in birds reared on sand (8.3%). It was concluded that rice husk is a suitable litter for rearing broilers on the floor, particularly in paddy-growing countries.
Agid:
1464444